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Beyond Medication: Changing the Paradigm in Behavioral Health Care

Apr 18, 2023
2:00 pm EDT
Presented by Big Health
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About This Webinar

A newly commissioned study conducted by Milliman in the traditional Medicare population found that nearly 70% of anxiety and insomnia patients are treated with prescription drugs only, and less than 10% receive the psychotherapy, which is indicated as first-line care. This webinar will discuss the study findings and offer perspectives on moving beyond medication to address critical gaps in behavioral health care.

Bringing together perspectives from psychology, psychiatry and health economics, this webinar will examine current treatment patterns among traditional Medicare beneficiaries, gaps in current reimbursement policies and the potential of digital treatments.

Attendees Will Learn About

  • Key findings from the new Milliman study including treatment patterns in traditional Medicare, specifically 65+ and underserved populations and those eligible due to disability or end stage renal disease (ESRD) status
  • Risks and issues surfaced by the study based on current medication prescription patterns
  • Current gaps in reimbursement policies that may lead to greater dependency on pharmacotherapy
  • How digital treatments could augment the current standard of care and lessen reliance on medication


Will Robinson, Moderator

Head of Policy & Strategy

Big Health

Will Robinson is the Senior Director of Policy and Strategy at Big Health, where he handles government go to market and public policy efforts. Prior to joining Big Health, Will spent 7 years at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in successive leadership roles supporting efforts to improve care for 150m+ Americans. At the CMS Innovation Center, he led teams in the design,…

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Vaile Wright, PhD

Senior Director of Health Care Innovation

American Psychology Association

Vaile Wright, PhD is the Senior Director for the Office of Health Care Innovation at the American Psychological Association. She is a licensed psychologist, and researcher focusing on developing strategies to leverage technology and data to address issues within health care including increasing access, measuring care, improving efficiencies and optimizing treatment delivery at both the…

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Harsha Mirchandani, ASA, MAAA

Associate Actuary


Harsha Mirchandani is an Associate Actuary with Milliman. She has extensive experience in healthcare claims data analysis, interpretation, and visualization, as well as in designing and implementing alternative payment models such as episode-based payment programs and shared savings arrangements. She has consulted with a wide range of healthcare organizations, including health insurers,…

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Nora Dennis, MD

Lead Medical Director for Behavioral Health

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Dr. Nora Dennis MD, MSPH is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. She has experience in medical leadership in government, non-profit and corporate settings and currently serves as the Lead Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke…

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